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Sharon Olds | The One Girl at the Boys Party
St. Maarten's, Nikon D300, 80-200mm

St. Maarten's, Nikon D300, 80-200mm © Doug Kim

The One Girl at the Boys Party

When I take my girl to the swimming party
I set her down among the boys. They tower and
bristle, she stands there smooth and sleek,
her math scores unfolding in the air around her.
They will strip to their suits, her body hard and
indivisible as a prime number,
they’ll plunge in the deep end, she’ll subtract
her height from ten feet, divide it into
hundreds of gallons of water, the numbers
bouncing in her mind like molecules of chlorine
in the bright blue pool. When they climb out,
her ponytail will hang its pencil lead
down her back, her narrow silk suit
with hamburgers and french fries printed on it
will glisten in the brilliant air, and they will
see her sweet face, solemn and
sealed, a factor of one, and she will
see their eyes, two each,
their legs, two each, and the curves of their sexes,
one each, and in her head she’ll be doing her
sparkle and fall to the power of a thousand from her body.

-Sharon Olds, (1983)

Sharon Olds by David Bartolomi

Sharon Olds by David Bartolomi


Tuscany | Lucca

Lucca in Tuscany has some remarkable architecture, especially the great circular center of town and the old medieval city walls of the former city state. The birthplace of Puccini, this charming city is not as choked with tourists as other destinations in Tuscany are which can provide for some needed breathing room. It is well worth the day trip from Florence.

It is also where I learned of the great rivalry between Rome and Pisa and was taught this insult:

Better a corpse in your house than a Pisan at your doorstep.

It is even better to say it in Italian:

Meglio un morto in case che un Pisano all’uscio.

Lucca, Tuscany, Italy, Nikon D300

Lucca, Tuscany, Italy, Nikon D300 © Doug Kim

Lucca, Tuscany, Italy, Nikon D300

Lucca, Tuscany, Italy, Nikon D300 © Doug Kim

Lucca, Tuscany, Italy, Nikon D300

Lucca, Tuscany, Italy, Nikon D300 © Doug Kim

Lucca, Tuscany, Italy, Nikon D300

Lucca, Tuscany, Italy, Nikon D300 © Doug Kim

Lucca, Tuscany, Italy, Nikon D300

Lucca, Tuscany, Italy, Nikon D300 © Doug Kim


Tompkins Square Park

There was a punk rock show in Tompkins Square Park last weekend, an anniversary of a big riot there in ’86 when the park was full of punk squatters and dealers. That was back when going to a hardcore punk show many times had a strong element of danger and fear; fear of getting stomped, sometimes fear of the police, or just in general, fear of getting hurt.

So seeing reunion shows or bands that are still performing 20 years later is always a dicey proposition. I remember at the tail end of the summer in DC in ’84, everyone was agreeing that hardcore was dead and you could feel the energy of the scene move elsewhere. I kept going to shows but they were not the same. Sometimes these shows are depressing. We’re all old and slow and fat and should know more than three chords by now. Other times, you remember the energy and the reason why you went to every show. Plus seeing the East Village Whole Foods crowd with their little doggies watching the show was funny.

This was a good show. Mongrel Bitch, Urban Waste, Hammerbrain, Nihilistics and Reagan Youth.

When I moved to New York in January, I met Laura of Mongrel Bitch while looking at apartments. She gave me the heads up on the show so thanks, Laura.

L. Brownia, Mongrel Bitch

L. Brownia, Mongrel Bitch

Laura Sativa, Mongrel Bitch

Laura Sativa, Mongrel Bitch

Charlottica, Mongrel Bitch

Charlottica, Mongrel Bitch

Mongrel Bitch

Mongrel Bitch

Ron Rancid, Nihilistics

Ron Rancid, Nihilistics

Nihilistics

Nihilistics

The only time I saw Reagan Youth was in 1985 or ’86 at the Rock Against Reagan show on national mall in DC. That was a long time ago, with a massive outdoor crowd, cops driving their cars through the crowd periodically, helicopters overheard. Dave Rubinstein has long since passed.

Pat McGowan, Reagan Youth

Pat McGowan, Reagan Youth

What would a hardcore punk show be without David Peel. He still looks exactly the fucking same.

David Peel

David Peel

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And to cap it off, I got my feet puked on and I was only wearing flip flops.

this fucker. don't know what he ate but it looked like mabo tofu when it came out

this fucker. don't know what he ate but it looked like mabo tofu when it came out


Bennett

i miss skating and regret not shooting more while I was in Los Angeles, a wonderland of poured concrete.

Bennett Harada, Verdugo Skatepark, Glendale, Nikon D200, 12-24mm

Bennett Harada, Verdugo Skatepark, Glendale, Nikon D200, 12-24mm © Doug Kim


Sion Sono & Eiji Okuda

For Giant Robot, I had the great task of shooting director Sion Sono and actor Eiji Okuda, both of whom were in town for the Asian Film Festival here in New York. Sion’s film “Love Exposure” won the Grand Jury Prize. Both men have great style, but Eiji’s face in particular invites some Leone-type landscape / close-ups.

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Sion Sono © Doug Kim

eiji okuda

Eiji Okuda © Doug Kim

sion sono & eiji okuda, bryant park

Sion Sono & Eiji Okuda, Bryant Park © Doug Kim

Shot with a Nikon D300 and either the 85mm f1.4 or 28-70mm f2.8


African White-backed Vultures

Seeing White-backed Vultures in the wild at Kruger National Park is a wholly different thing from seeing turkey vultures by the side of the road, picking at some road kill. These vultures are massive beasts, almost twice the size of the turkey vulture. Like every clichéd rendering of them, they hang out only in leafless dead trees because of their large wing span.

They are some graceful and spooky motherfuckers.

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Soignée

From Merriam-Webster:

Soi·gnée, adj. Etymology: French, from past participle of soigner to take care of

1 : well-groomed, sleek
2 : elegantly maintained or designed

betsy stockwell in vera wang; Nikon D300, 80-200mm

Betsy Stockwell in Vera Wang; Nikon D300, 80-200mm © Doug Kim